ASU Football to hold closed practices this week

From Arkansas State University

While the majority of the Arkansas State football practices throughout the rest of the 2011 season will remain open for those who wish to attend, the Red Wolves' have closed all practices this week to the public as it prepares for its game against ULM on Saturday.

The Red Wolves held open practices throughout its fall camp and during three of the regular season's first five weeks, but the public will not be granted access to the A-State practices this week. The practices will remain open to the media.

"We are extremely excited about the tremendous support the community has shown our program this year," said ASU Head Coach Hugh Freeze. "We had an outstanding crowd and atmosphere for each of our first two home games, and we look forward to continuing the great relationship we have with our fan base. We certainly appreciate the public understanding our adjusted policy this week as we feel this decision is in the best interest of our football team as we prepare for our game against ULM."

ASU is coming off a Sun Belt Conference opening victory over WKU last Saturday and now stands 3-2 overall. The Red Wolves will face ULM Saturday at Malone Stadium in a 6:00 p.m. game before returning to Jonesboro for an Oct. 18 home game against FIU at 7:00 p.m.

Arkansas State's first two home games this season were played in front of the largest back-to-back crowds in ASU Stadium history. The 29,872 in attendance for the Memphis game was the second largest in ASU Stadium history and the 27,918 announced for the UCA game was the fourth largest. ASU Stadium reached 94 percent of its maximum capacity for the Red Wolves' first two home games combined. Based on attendance sorted by percent of stadium capacity, ASU ranks No. 41 in the nation.